BREAKING: Boeing 747 Crashes Into Sea After Takeoff (VIDEO)

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A Boeing 747 has crashed shortly after takeoff on a flight going from Jakarta Indonesia to Sumatra, according to Al Jazeera reports. The publication states that:

“Indonesia’s search-and-rescue agency said on Monday a Lion Air passenger flight from Jakarta to the island of Sumatra crashed into the sea. The transport ministry said there were 178 aboard the missing passenger plane.”

The report continues:

“The plane lost contact at 6:30am (23:30 GMT) – 13 minutes after take-off, according to the official. The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, according to air tracking service Flightradar 24.”

“Slamet Waluyo – police chief from Karawang district near the closest point to the suspected crash site – said authorities received reports from several sources that the plane had crashed into the sea.

Waluyo said this to the media:

“At the moment personnel from Karawang water police unit are heading to the coordinates to check whether the information we received was accurate.”

Another spokesperson for the Transport Ministry confirmed the crash, saying:

“It has been confirmed that it has crashed.”

Al Jazeera continues:

“AirNav Indonesia spokesman Yohanes Harry Douglas said in a statement a search-and-rescue team had been deployed.”

“The Flightradar website tracked the plane, showing it looping south on take-off and then heading north before the flight path ended abruptly over the Java Sea, not far from the coast.”

“The accident is the first to be reported that involves the widely-sold Boeing 737 MAX, an updated, more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer’s workhorse single-aisle jet. The first Boeing 737 MAX jets were introduced into service in 2017.”